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These Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs are a great alternative to traditional frying! Bread bone-in chicken thighs, then throw them in the oven to crisp up perfectly. They’re so easy to make — don’t forget to add the honey mustard sauce!

crispy chicken thigh recipe on a sheet pan with a honey mustard sauce beside

Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

My husband is always asking for fried chicken — always. As in, every time I ask what sounds good for supper, he gives me the same answer. At this point, I really don’t know why I even ask!

While I do like fried chicken, I don’t like the amount of work that it requires and the mess it can make. Plus, it isn’t the healthiest meal to eat on a regular basis.

That’s why I like to oven “fry” my chicken. It’s less messy, and it’s a healthier option!

Normally, I just coat chicken in seasoned flour and bake it (I teach you how in this post for sheet pan Parmesan chicken), but I often miss that thicker breading and crunch you get when you traditionally fry chicken. You know what I mean?

I also make a wonderful homemade honey mustard sauce to drizzle over the top of this crispy chicken thigh recipe. It’s completely optional, but totally delicious!

Why You’ll Love Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

  • No excess oil
  • Crunchy and delicious
  • Minimal ingredients
  • Comes together in about an hour
  • Family-friendly
crispy oven baked chicken thighs on a sheet pan with a bowl of honey mustard sauce with a spoon in the sauce

Key Ingredients to Make This Crispy Chicken Thigh Recipe

  • CHICKEN THIGHS – I’m using skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe.
  • ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR – You’ll need flour to create the breading. All-purpose is easiest to find, but you can also use your preference.
  • SALT – To taste.
  • SEASONINGS – Use a combination of onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • EGGS – To help the breading stick to the chicken thighs.
  • MILK – Also needed in the breading process!
  • CORNFLAKES – Here’s where that signature crispy crunch comes in. Use crushed cornflakes!
  • OLIVE OIL – Combine the cereal with olive oil to help it stick, and to help get that golden brown color on the finished results.
  • HONEY MUSTARD – Again, creating your own is optional, but I can’t recommend it enough! You’ll need mayonnaise, honey, and Dijon mustard to make it.
overhead view of crispy breaded chicken thighs with a honey mustard sauce drizzled on top

Instructions to Make Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

PREPARE THE DREDGING STATIONS: Add the flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika to a shallow dish. Combine the eggs and milk in another dish. Finally, add the crushed cornflakes and olive oil to a third dish.

BREAD THE CHICKEN: Dredge one chicken thigh in the flour mixture. Dip it into the egg wash and then into the cornflake mixture. Make sure to coat both sides of the chicken! Place it on a large baking sheet and repeat with the other thighs.

BAKE: Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

MAKE THE HONEY MUSTARD (Optional): If you want to make my quick honey mustard, simply combine the mayonnaise, honey, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl.

Serve your crispy oven baked chicken thighs with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy!

overhead view of crispy oven fried chicken thighs on a sheet pan

What to Serve With Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Looking for serving suggestions for your breaded baked chicken thighs? Look no further!


Is it better to cook chicken in the oven or a frying pan?

It truly depends on your specific tastes and preferences, as well as how much time you have. I think that my breaded chicken thighs taste great when cooked in the oven — plus you don’t have to use a lot of excess oil.

If you don’t have time to bake your chicken for an hour, your best bet is to pan-fry it. This post has some tips for cooking chicken in a skillet!

Can you fry in the oven?

You can absolutely get the same crispy and crunchy texture you achieve from frying if you use the oven. This breaded baked chicken thighs recipe is proof! The key is in the added olive oil in the breading, as well as the cornflakes. Both come together to bring you crispy oven baked chicken thighs that you won’t believe aren’t actually deep-fried!

Should I cover the chicken in the oven?

You don’t have to for this crispy chicken thigh recipe! It’s perfectly fine to bake breaded chicken thighs uncovered.

Is it better to bake chicken at 350 degrees F or 400 degrees F?

I cook mine at 400 degrees F, as I find that a higher temperature really helps them crisp up perfectly. They’ll cook up a lot faster too!

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Crispy baked chicken thighs on a sheet pan with a honey mustard sauce beside.

Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken Thighs

Course: Chicken, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken thighs
These Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs are a great alternative to traditional frying! They are easy to make — don't forget to add the honey mustard sauce!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 422kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
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  • 6 bone in skin on chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • Season salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of each: onion powder, garlic powder, paprika
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • cups finely crushed cornflakes (I like to do this by placing in a resealable plastic bag and using a rolling pin to crush)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a shallow dish combine the flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. In a second shallow dish combine the eggs and milk. In a third shallow dish combine the crushed cornflakes and olive oil.
  • Dredge one chicken thigh in the flour mixture coating all sides. Dip into the egg wash coating all sides. Dredge in the cornflake mixture coating all sides. Place on a large baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken thighs. Bake for 45 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • OPTIONAL HONEY MUSTARD SAUCE: In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, honey and dijon mustard.


  1. If using a food processor to make your cornflake crumbs be careful not to process too fine.
  2. Panko breadcrumbs can be substituted for the cornflakes.
  3. Chicken can be soaked in buttermilk overnight.
  4. Can use cut up chicken pieces as well. 
  5. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. Nutrtion includes 1/6th of the honey mustard sauce. 


Serving: 1thigh | Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 21mg
These Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs are a great way to enjoy fried chicken in a healthier way! |

88 thoughts on “Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs”

  1. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe but subbed seasoned croutons instead of the cornflakes. It’s officially in the rotation. Used skinless, boneless chicken thighs and left it in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. The family loved it. Thanks!!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was wonderful! my picky 12 yr old raved about it and had more.
    I did cook on parchment paper and some excess oil was on the cookie sheet. Thinking next time I can use less olive oil in the crunchy covering.
    I used GF Panko for the first time ans itnwas my first time making oven baked fried hicken. it worked beautifully. I did need to add more salt but that is a preference.
    I have never ventured to me fried chicken because of the mess with the oil.
    this recipe is a keeper. tha k yoi

  3. Used vegetable oil instead of olive oil. Brushed cookie sheet with some extra oil to make sure chicken browned well. It was delicious. Great recipe!

  4. I made the chicken thighs by your recipe except the cornflake crumbs and mustard sauce! I used Italian flavored Panko crumbs instead of cornflakes.
    I absolutely love it! I just couldn’t wait so I ate one straight from the oven!! I will definitely do this again! I usually eat white meat, but I think this is tastier. By the way, I didn’t have any sauce with mine! I love the crunchiness of the Panko crumbs!

  5. For my seasonings, I used smoked paprika, poultry seasoning blend, salt and black pepper. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly, and the chicken turned out perfectly. I want to try the recipe with boneless, skinless breasts. I usually cook breasts at 450 for 35 minutes. Do you think this would work at 35 minutes at 425 if I flatten out the fattest part of the breast as best I can, something I don’t usually bother doing? Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Sorry I didn’t respond sooner!! I feel 35 min at 425 would be too long as chicken breasts can dry out really quickly. Try 18-20 minutes first. Thanks for sharing and so glad you liked the chicken thighs!

    • I’m having a difficult time understanding why mediocre recipes keep getting 5 Stars. Seriously, I consider myself a pretty good cook and this recipe had virtually no flavor. I’m at a loss and need to find a seriously good recipe site. These 5 Star recipes have fooled me for the last time.

      • Thank you for your comment and I am sorry these disappointed you. But with any recipe whether online or in a cookbook one must adapt them to their own tastebuds especially if one is already a good cook and knows what flavors they like.

        • Agreed.

          In the recipe, I encrusted each piece of chicken with minced Garlic. Let it penetrate for 3 hours.
          Followed your basic recipe further, with the exception of using breadcrumbs instead of corn flakes and I substituted honey with a few tablespoons of spicy sweet chilli sauce over the chicken!
          Only ate 5 pieces! Hehe

  6. This has become a staple for dinner on busy nights. It’s so easy and doesn’t take very long in my air fryer. Needed to crush a lot more cornflakes to give my boneless chicken thigh pieces a nice coating. Baked them at 400C for 20 min and then flipped them over for another 5 min or so depending on the thickness of the thighs. Always delicious every time, even without the sauce! Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    Great, simple recipe! I used plain panko and the spices in the flour took good care of flavor! Looking forward in trying some of your additional recipes. YUM!

  8. 5 stars
    Cornflakes are the way to go for oven-fried chicken. SO much crunch and texture — and stood up very well to being slathered in the sauce, which is delicious. Instead of putting the cornflakes on a plate, I just left them in the large ziploc bag I crushed them in (didn’t add any oil) and tossed the chicken thighs in the bag after putting them in the egg mixture. Got a really even, well stuck on coating and then just sprayed with cooking spray before going in the oven. I had a little bit of a bunch of mustards hanging out, so I used a combo of sweet onion & BBQ mustard for the sauce and it worked so well. I served with some roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes with onion, which cooked at the same temperature. And a broccoli caesar salad — starting to feel a lot like fall!

    • Hi! I took a look at the calorie count and yes it was high. For some reason, the nutrition calculator I have been using is calculating everything higher. I used the nutrition calculator from Very Well Fit and corrected the label. Thank you for bringing my attention to it!


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